RUSH: This is Donna in Millville, Pennsylvania. It’s great to have you. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Well, thank you, Rush. I appreciate everything you do every day. I don’t know how you don’t get burned out.
RUSH: Love it too much.
CALLER: I see.
RUSH: You know, I love it too much.
CALLER: Well, my comment is that this president is the personification of an oxymoron. He wants to disarm this country while he’s willing to arm the rest of the world.
RUSH: Well, yeah, it’s an interesting point. Now, Iran is already armed. I mean, they have plenty of weapons. They just don’t have nuclear. They do now, though. He-he.
CALLER: That’s the ultimate weapon.
RUSH: It is.
CALLER: And I took notice, too, I was listening while I was on hold, and I realized that this compromise that they have done is exactly what the Democrats expect from the Republicans every time we talk about anything.
RUSH: Now, that is a clever observation. And what you mean is our compromise with the Iranians is essentially what the Democrats demand of the Republicans.
CALLER: Yes, to give up everything.
RUSH: Give up everything.
RUSH: It’s an interesting question, as Tom Brokaw would say, talking to Charlie Rose. (imitating Brokaw) “It’s an interesting question. I don’t know what Obama does, thinks, reads, or.” Why does Obama appear so concerned with what the Iranians think of him and think of us? Why does Obama consider himself subordinate to the Iranians, instead of more powerful than, larger than, bigger than? Why does Obama bow to the king of Saudi Arabia? What is it about Middle Eastern leaders, and it’s not just them, I mean, he bows to a lot of people.
But contrast the way Obama deals with Republicans, domestically, and Fox News, contrast that to the way he behaves with the Iranians. It’s like I’ve always said, we are a much bigger threat to him than the Ayatollah Khamenei and President Rouhani, because he never looks at them as people who could take his power away. He does look at us as people who want to take his power away by beating him in elections and beating him politically. So we are a much bigger threat. But when it comes to the Iranians, it’s, “Hey, let’s be buds. Hey, let’s end every day with a smile,” as John Kerry told Christiane Amanpour about his negotiating sessions with the Iranian counterpart.
Jeff, Springfield, Illinois, you’re next. Great to have you on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. How you doing?
RUSH: Good. Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Hey, I just wanted to let you know I listen to you every day. Even I’m a pretty liberal guy, I just like to get both sides of the story. So I listen to you every day, so I appreciate what you guys have to say there. Listen, the reason I’m calling is because I don’t really know how big a deal any of this is. We didn’t lose our power to go to war if we don’t like what they’re doing. The sanctions aren’t working. I mean, I know you said they’re working, but from best guess everyone says they’re less than a year away from being able to get a nuke, right?
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait. I need to go back, I’m not sure I heard you correctly. Did you say we did or did not lose our ability to go to war?
CALLER: Yeah. If we don’t like what they’re doing, I mean, it’s not like we can’t invade or go to war or do what we need to do, so we didn’t lose that ability. If the sanctions really aren’t working, and they’re not. They might slow ’em down but it’s not stopping ’em. So if they’re really only a year away or even less than two years away from getting a nuke, isn’t this still better than going to war now? I mean, we can always go to war, but isn’t it at least better now? And then about those four people who are being held there that weren’t released, this is something I really didn’t like about the Democrats, I believe they will be released over a period of time over the next six months to show some kind of good faith by the Iranians because of this —
RUSH: Now, I know how this is done. I know how you guys pull this off. You live on Fantasy Island. You really, really do. You live in a fantasy world.
RUSH: I, Rush Limbaugh, am the mayor of Realville. I don’t live in a fantasy world. I don’t live on Fantasy Island. I don’t live in the Land of Make Believe. And I don’t tell myself things are peachy keen when they’re not.
Folks, I really am not through with the Iranian stuff. I’ve got sound bites galore, and I’m gonna get some of them. But I’m gonna get into some other stuff first before I get back and double back with these sound bites. But, but, but, just one thing here. When Obama went out there and made his speech this morning with Biden standing over his right shoulder, one of the things Obama said is: “Every path to a nuclear weapon has been cut off.” He said, “The deal is not just built on trust, but on verification.”
Now, look… We’ve had the two liberal callers today, nice people, New Castrati. Well, one of them was. Charles from Martha’s Vineyard and one from… What was it, Oklahoma? The last one, our last caller? Where was he from? That doesn’t matter. The bottom line is, “Everything’s okay because it’s gonna be okay. It’s just fine.” The caller from Martha’s Vineyard said, “Yeah, we can’t stop Iran from getting a nuke. They were too close. But we can now check.”
They tell themselves these things to make themselves feel better about what they know is a disastrous thing and they end up believing the lies they tell to each other and themselves. I guess you can say they believe Obama when he goes out and says, “Every path to a nuclear weapon’s been cut off. The deal is not built on trust; it’s built on verification.” Yet in the Jerusalem Post today, an Obama administration official is quoted as saying there are no anytime, anywhere inspections. Well, what the hell is inspections if it’s not verification?
How can you verify if you can’t inspect? While Obama’s out saying “every path to a nuclear weapon’s been cut off,” and “it’s not based on trust, it’s built on verification,” an Obama administration official said, quote, “I don’t think that any time, anywhere inspections are feasible. It’s just not something that happens anywhere in the world today.” What does this mean? We think they cheat so we call ’em up?
“Are you cheating?”
(Mullah impression) “Noooo. Us? We are your buddies now! What do you mean? How dare you accuse us!”
“Okay, okay, okay. Just checking. Have a great day.”
And that’s it? “Negotiators failed to meet the standard of achieving ‘anytime, anywhere’ access that several members of the United States Congress had demanded as a part of any nuclear deal.” Obama and his team promised Congress and the American people that there would be anytime, anywhere inspections; anytime, anywhere access. Now we know that that’s not true, either. Just to repeat: In the event we think there’s a cheat, or there has been a violation, we don’t get to go see or check.
We have to call the International Atomic Energy Agency, and then they call the Iranians. From the moment they call the Iranians and say, “There’s been an allegation you’re cheating,” a 14-day window opens for the Iranians and the Atomic Energy Agency to negotiate whether or not somebody will be allowed in to check. If the 14 days go by and there’s no resolution, then another three days are triggered, and if nothing happens then, then nothing happens.
There’s a total of 24 days that can go by with nothing happening after the original request for verification’s been made. The Iranians can say “no” at any time, and there’s no mechanism to do anything other than agree with them when they say “no.” We have no mechanism to verify any kind of a fear that we have, or any evidence that we have, that they’re cheating. So “every path to a nuclear weapon has [not] been cut off,” not even close, and the deal is built on trust and not verification because we don’t have any verification rights in this deal.
The four American prisoners among whom one is a journalist that were not released as a result of the deal? “No big deal! No big deal! They will be. The Iranians are good people, but we have to allow them to save face. They’ll be released in a week or two or a month or two so that the Iranians can make it look like they didn’t cave to anything, and they have their manhood intact.” This is another thing we’ve learned today about the thought process.
Now, let me ask you something else. Over in Moscow keeping an eagle eye on all of this is Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev. What do you think they are seeing today? What kind of message has been sent to ISIS, for example? I mean, what do we do and ISIS kidnapped the 200 some girls? We sent Michelle (My Belle) Obama out there with a hashtag, a Twitter hashtag. What was it, the Twitter hashtag?
We were gonna really, really tough. The hashtag was #BringBackOurGirls, #BringBackOurGirls. We went hashtag military strategy, and the girls have not been returned. More have been kidnapped. More have been killed. And when I pointed out that hashtags were nothing but a joke, I was excoriated for having no humanity. See, I’m the mayor of Realville, and that’s bad.
If you want to be accredited — if you want to be thought of as a great, compassionate human being — then you join movements like wearing colored ribbons or you join hashtag movements. “That really says something about you! That says you’re really a good person!” But if you actually point out that that’s not gonna matter a hill of beans to anything? “Well, you have just become a real meany, and you don’t have any humanity. That’s really, really mean!”
Everything is upside down and 180 degrees out of phase.